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believed to be located outside the united states." now if the government wants to engage in electronic surveillance targeting a united states person for foreign intelligence purposes, it must go back to the fisa court and it must get a specific order from that court. in an emergency the surveillance can commence before the court order is issued, but the government still must have probable cause to believe that the united states person is an
's government? you are watching "inside story" from washington. >> it began as a small social media campaign armed with little more than a hash tag and a cause. canada's idle more has grown into a large indigenous movement with protests at ceremonial gathering held in many major cities. the group is spearheaded by teresa spence, leader of a small native band in northern ontario. she is 22 days into a hunger strike on victoria ireland -- victoria island just across from the canadian parliament. other groups are demanding better living conditions for canada's aboriginal and they're angry at the government of prime minister steven harper which they accused of trying to revoke their land and sovereignty rights. >> in swirling snow late last month, they converged on canada's parliament in what became the largest gathering so far in the idle more movement. began with four aboriginal women and a twitter-tag. it has grown into nationwide protests like this flash mob in toronto that brought thousands to a city center intersection. more than anything else, a hunger strike by three suspense galvanize t
. >> but this free loading is smalltime. this bigger money is getting government to help you free load. >> they need to start writing checks. >> so congress will now gave 5 5 thousand to any black american who says he attempted to farm. >> attempted to farm can mean anything. >> the foreclosure cries. we're told banks are the bad guys and took homes frothe innocent. but this womanasn't paid her mortgage for 25 years. she says she doesn't have to. and these guys' web site encourages people not to pay. sounds like a scam but it's true. >> it's not a scam. it's legal. >> you're disgusting, helping people free load. >> politicians love peoe doing that. >> you can help your girlfriend, your girlfriend's mama. >> and everyone will applaud you. >> because everybody thinks the government owes them something, some american indians are rich. but others stay poor. feeding off government. >> socialist like you have convinced them to do that, but they would do better without the government. >> if i'm a socialist, what does that make you? >> i thought i was a capit list but i'm a freeloader, too. you helped me pa
in singapore hospital. dozens take to the streets to protest the iraqi government. >> in vietnam, we talk to fishermen about the increasing dangers of working in disputed waters. >> u.s. president barack obama says he still hopes congress can reach agreement to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. obama met congressional leaders at the white house on friday to discuss a deal. he said the talks were constructive, but did issue a warning on behalf of the american people, demanding congress take action. >> america wonders why it is that in this town, for some reason, you cannot get stuff done in an organized time table, where everything has to wait till the last minute. we are now of the last minute. in the american people are not going to have any patients for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> the president said he was modestly optimistic that the january 1 deadline for the fiscal cliff could be averted, but that is contingent on a vote in the senate on a compromise bill, and that will have to get an up or down vote. there is a majority for that, with some tax increases fo
and the great government consulting as they pick the products to bring a lot of innovation to san francisco. cory? give cory a round of applause. [applause] >> thank you, chris. thank you so much for all of your hard work, chris. none of this could be possible without your efforts. good evening. the good government awards are incredibly important in san francisco. it's a chance for us to honor the tremendous work that happens in the city and also to honor the individuals who are responsible for some of that success. congratulations to all of our honorees. we're very grateful for your work. let's give a hand for them. [applause] the good government awards also support spur's good government work. it is a central part of our mission. our agenda is admittedly ambitious. we analyze every local measure on the san francisco ballot, which until recently was a pretty formidable task. we participate in most of the major issues of city government from pension and payroll tax reform to some of the most important discussions on how we fund a lot of our public services, whether that finding different re
as advancing rebels prepare for talks with the government. 4 die when a russian airplane crashes onto the highway in moscow. >>> for 13 days, doctors had fought to keep her alive but her injuries were too severe. now the six men accused of gang raping the 23-year-old woman in india are being charged with murder. she was thrown from a moving bus after being assaulted. thousands of people have called for more to be done to protect indian women against sexual violence. from new delhi, we have this report. >> they came and the hundreds to mourn the young woman brutalized and to show their anger to lawrence the authorities who have not year -- show their anger towards the authorities. the chief minister had already described it as a shameful moment for india, but that did not spare them the rest of the crowd. >> we need to do something because we have too much on the establishment and they have let us down. >> the government has been trying to put off protesters by sealing off large parts of the city and closing off metro stations. hundreds of armed police and riot troops are on duty. but
cronkite and tom brokaw. their interpretation of the news was critical for the u.s. government. likewise in the time of "newsweek". we have many more news broadcasts, so if we could just get rid of "the new york times" probably would be about 28% solved and a serious about that because the influence of the media elite throughout the country who look at it to determine how to understand the world. >> please join me in thanking our panelists. [applause] >> now from a conference on the 68 anniversary of the publication of whittaker chambers' "witness" a panel entitled >> someone was talking about the adulation which the world held alger hiss, and i don't know if everyone here is aware of that and auguste educational institution not far from here there is actually an alger hiss share in the humanities. my colleague in the new criterion has been on every degree the chair of the humanities prompted to get it back to the president's team. i'm delighted to welcome you to the final panel commemorating the 60th anniversary of whittaker chambers so' "witness" and i think we have seen the most conte
government and dysfunctional government is the willingness to compromise. we saw that in the senate as leader nancy pelosi, that means looking at an agreement and deciding whether unbalanced, helps move the country forward. and we're hopeful that republicans on the house will do as democrats and republicans did on the senate, and wailed equities deciding at the end of the day that everybody gets 100% of what they want. democracy means a willingness to come together for the good of the country. and that is what compromise is all about, especially in an era of divided government. our members are taking a look at the bill and we would ask our republican colleagues to bear in mind the good of the country as they also weigh all the equities. with that, i will turn it over to the squished vice-chairman of our caucus. >> i will very quickly, we all appreciate the vice president coming to the caucus today in a very straightforward, very thorough way explaining the process of the negotiation and why we are where we are at today. i do think the time for discussion and talk is coming to an end, it will
"our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in the deeply felt religious faith and i do not care what it is." he received a much ridicule from his cultured despise years. his professed indifference to the major of the religious faith. it is the first part of the statement that deserves continuing attention. certainly many americans, perhaps the majority of them, agreed that democracy or at least our democracy, which is based on a belief in natural rights, presupposes religious faith. people believe this that all people are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. there are two separate propositions that are pertinent to any consideration of the role of religion in american politics. one is an empirical question. is it a fact that the success of a democracy requires a religious people governing themselves by religious norms? the second question is a question of logic. does belief in america as distinctive and democracy, a limited government whose limits are defined by the natural rights of the government, do those entail religious beliefs? regarding the e
. airports are tradod the stock exchange and hps the government and services as well >> carroll. i tell you, i use the roads in the country and i go skidding on two to school and i am part of the reason there is it pot holes it makes sense to charge me more. >> i think that is a linier solution to a complex problem. if you have a suv . i am with johnathon. why can't they add value instead of taxing us. i am in illinois if you add a chicago bears and hello kitty on those license plates. people pay up for that . offer us something that why would be willing to buy and give them extra revenue . maybe i am spending to much time with the pren pren. >> i think we need to. i spepped a lot of time, too. it is it incredible. >> and there i no other promosal thats serious . you have to admit one thing. somebody has to pay for just wait . julian's poi. if you go anywhere else in the world. the fuel tax is three dollars a gallon. maybe we should raise it. >> of course we should raise it if it makes sense. there are plenty of tollroads. >> that is it a used tax in itself. it is it another huge tax and ma
. it was a company that created technology to connect citizens better with government * . i ran it for almost nine years. and when i was elected to office four years ago, i was unfortunately more surprised than i wanted to be about how far behind san francisco government was. this was very 2008, 2009. with you i'm really proud of the leaps and bounds we have taken as a city * . i was proud in 2010 to help move forward legislation to really bring together city departments to work in a coordinated way with our committee on information technology. to help create a chief information officer position for the city. i was also proud to work with then mayor newsome in passing the first generation of open data legislation that we have. but as our civil grand jury in june pointed out, our i-t in san francisco is still in need of a culture shock. and this is where all of us come in today. we have 200 data sets that have already been put out there, but by and large the data sets put out by city government are data sets that i think show us in a very positive way. from my perspective, it's important for us to
calls for a government of national unity. >> barack obama breaks off his christmas holiday to resume talks on the u.s. budget crisis. >> the annual chaos computer club conference gets under way in hamburg with organizers warning that government internet surveillance is a growing threat. the international convoy for syria made a proposal in damascus where he is delivering talks. >> he will also be holding discussions in moscow as russia steps up its role in helping to find a political resolution to the conflict. the russian parliament says time is running out for damascus. >> it was a high-level meeting between syrian diplomats and the russian foreign minister. he made moscow's line clear -- the crisis has to be solved through political dialogue between the warring parties, but there was no mention of any new proposals to bring about that objective. the foreign ministry denied reports of a new peace plan from russia and the u.s. >> this plan does not exist. that is why it is not being discussed. with mr. brahimi and our american colleagues, we are trying to find a solution on the basi
the government. >> people there are calling for help. they want france to intervene, demonstrating outside the embassy. but no one can step in. >> generally speaking, ifer there, it's not to protect a regime but to protect our citizens and our interests. the rebels call themselves the coalition. they once belonged to armed groups that signed a peace accord in april 27, in exchange for financial support. five years later, the firefighters say the government has not honored the due they have been marriaging towards the capital to meet their demands. >> the situation is calm because we've been through this cycle several times before. >> the firefighters have advanced rapidly since launching the current offensive on december the 10th. they've captured four capitals, including the mining hub and just on tuesday the western town. they're reportedly close to the capital city. fearing an all-out fight, many civilians have left their homes. >> they flee to their field which means -- fields, which means they go there without minimal water. dire conditions. the republic -- every individual there is i
>> syrian government forces bombarded the city. there's no russia-u.s.-backed peace plan on the table. this is al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. an assassination that shocked the world. five years after the death of benazir bhutto, are we any closer to knowing who killed her? president obama cutting short his holiday to take up the financial fight in washington. plus -- >> in central kenya, this is one of the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world. new technology could help protect it. >> welcome to the program. i wish there was a plan, words from the man trying to broker a peace deal in syria. international envoy lakhdar brahimi made the comments in the last few hours at the end of a trip to syria. he met with representative poe representatives from both sides. >> some have come here to market a russian-american project. i wish there was a russian- american project. hence, i did not come here to market it. >> the syrian government delegation led by the country's deputy foreign minister has been in russia for talks. he was reportedly sent to mosco
to the public, we could really allow them to help us create even more efficient government, along with some very good entrepreneurial efforts that are reflected in today's announcements and some of our partners that are here today. so, three years later, after announcing this and after doing the first generation of open data legislation, open sf is still a very vigorous, and we want to do even more. we've teamed up again with board president david chiu who has been personally involved with this and helping us and guide us with his knowledge, having been a small business owner himself, with how we can do even better. and today we are announcing actually two areas of improvements to our piece of legislation that i think will get people even more excited. the first is after a couple of years of opening up some of the data streams in our city and seeing how this data had already started, some companies, some entrepreneurs develop applications, helped us already with identifying some additional needs in the city and involving more people, we want to do even more along that line. and, so, this legisla
. the government approved the operators assessment but there were no active faults underground. executives at the electric power company argued that's still the case. they say a sift found under the compound was caused by groundwater, not seismic activity. and they say the faults have not moved recently. the executives try to prove their point by boring into the ground and taking a sample. they hammered it and concluded the earth would not move. >> translator: we assessed the faults are inactive. >> translator: i can't say that part of the sample represents all other parts of the fault. >> reporter: the experts from the nuclear regulation authority will finalize the report in the next few weeks. they've instructed the people at tohoku electric to review measures to protect the plant against earthquakes. the regulators say there's a fault under the nuclear plant in central japan, too. the findings are raising questions about the safety of plants across the country. >> translator: i feel deceived and as angry with the state. >> translator: precise data should be open to reassure residents. >
. their interpretation of the news was critical for the u.s. government. likewise, time and newsweek. i mean, you now have -- pardon me. you now have many more news broadcasts and we have the internet. so if we could just get rid of the new york times, the problem would be about 25 percent salt. i actually am serious about that because of its influence on media elites throughout the country who look at it to determine how to understand the world. >> please join. >> so could not help remember someone was talking about the adulation which the world health i don't know if everyone here is aware. in august educational institution not too far from here, a bard college, there is actually in alger humanities. my colleague the founding editor of the new criterion had not heard a great. this new chair in the humanities was announced to promptly given back to the president. well, and delighted to welcome you to our final panel commemorating the 60th anniversary of whitaker chambers witness. i think we've saved the most difficult or at least the most contentious question for last. what defines conservatives tod
. more violence in iraq, where muslims are continuing to demonstrate against the government. they have been protesting against the prime minister, who they say it is against them. we have this report. >> the protesters' message could not have been clearer. the people want to topple the regime. thousands have taken to the streets to protest against a perceived injustice of the government, nouri al maliki. >> we want to investigate charges against bodyguards of the finance minister, and it only targets of us. >> there is a powerful tribal leader in one province. he says the government. >> it will never end. they are targeting several, including the finance minister. more will come. >> the protesters also accuse their own political leaders of failing them. the deputy prime minister was forced to leave the protests. he was hit with rocks and bottles. there were tense moments that followed before the guards took him away. but the focus of the protest was the prime minister and his regional allies. they say iran is supporting the government and president bashar al assad. >> they are saying t
by the telegram -- taliban. the sectarian and divide. there continue to protest against the shia-led government. but the armored is of the moment there russian airliner crash lands on a road near a moscow airport. the turkish prime minister says the current glut in syria could be coming to an end very soon. -- says the conflict in syria to be coming to an end. these pictures appear to show fighters in an eastern damascus suburb. hashim, the turkish prime minister says the bloody conflict soon be over. why is he saying that? >> they have been saying about for the last few months. he said a dictator cannot stay in power by killing his own people. the news behind his statement is that there is a new syrian administration coming in very soon. maybe he is referring to the plans to establish an interim government when the conditions on the ground are there. they have a major concern. they say there is a group of deputies that we stream in if the crisis moves are. this is why they have asked them to tackle particularly what is coming out from the syrians. >> brahimi seems to be taking the opposite vie
friend, he and i have been together and political offices, a government responsibility for a very long time. more than three years. when he decided not to run again and my other colleague who was part of team north dakota was defeated, it was less rewarding for me personally to be here. less enjoyable for me to be here. i am sure that played a role. >> in your speech yesterday, you used the expression of the senate we efforts right yesterday, as the world's greatest deliberative body. do you think the public shares that perception? >> probably not. [laughter] we're efficient at producing results. -- deficient at producing results. what i also said yesterday was a there are problems here. the problems i believe are very clear is that we spend too much time trying to seek political advantage, too little time focused on solving the country's problems. i am sure that had a role in my decision as well. i really came here wanting to do big things. wanted to work on solving problems. there is been much less an emphasis on that lately and much more of an emphasis on how you get over on the oth
had the opportunity to dialogue across the aisle. coming here from state government, where governor daniels has always had the principle that we will be a party of purpose, we will get things done and try to create environments will we have the opportunities for job growth, i share the frustration of almost every other american, which is the fact that washington is broken. it appears not much is getting done. hopefully we can bring common sense from indiana. our freshman class is a class of folks who of coming to washington to get things done. >> mr. messer, what is your job as a freshman president for republican? thatur principal's job is you tried to run the class meetings. at our first meeting, i established a rule where everyone could talk, but nobody could talk more than a two minutes. our first meeting took 18 minutes. we have an opportunity to reach across the aisle. i did not know if the democrats have announced their president yet. i want to work across the aisle and try to have some joint meetings and get together. it is much harder to demonize people that you know. i want
. the sticking point is what to do about cuts in major government departments. the problem has been put off for now. on the taxation side, the president got nearly everything he wanted with republicans agreeing to raise taxes on the wealthiest and extend unemployment benefits. the major public holiday of new year's day means global stock markets are shocked on tuesday and that give these them -- and that gives them more time. the u.s. politicians were so voted down ideologically that they were unable to save their country from the economic cliff, all of which is of their own making. it is a major embarrassment for president obama and the leaders of congress. the whole thing may be worked out in the next few days. the debt ceiling needs to be raised by congress and the republicans feel they have the upper hand over president obama and the democratic party. >> north korea's leader has given a surprise new year's address to the nation. he said that the two koreas should be reunited. but the young leader also stressed the importance of strengthening north korea's military. >> for north koreans
government of unfair treatment. >> hundreds of thousands of people in sunni provinces have been protesting for almost two weeks. they said the government discriminates against them. now the prime minister is threatening to end the demonstrations by force. >> i want everyone to turn a blind eye to this issue and against -- do not tell me it is a national issue, because it is clear that is a rotten one. it has wrought in slogans and is accompanied by rotten practices. i am not concerned because it is only hot air. your voices have been heard and enough is enough. >> is a warning that may lead to an odd conversation. critics of the prime minister say he is sending iraq in the wrong direction. >> with arabs and kurds already against him, the prime minister also faces some of his former allies turning against him. a powerful shi'ite cleric supports them. >> the protest will continue as long as the politicians follow closely to preserve their own interests. the politicians should work for the people, not for their own interests. the people have to call for their rights. i said earlier, the arab
government to set some limits. make sure there is not bacteria in your food or dangerous chemicals. to make sure food companies tell you what is in their food and how fattening it is. state legislator felix ortiz has done that in new york city. he got trans fat man, calorie counts posted at mcdonald's and other fast-food places. now he wants aban on adding too much salt. so you think he saved lives? >> absolutely. john: okay. a farmer. he grows vegetables dollar raises cows, chckens, an pigs. i assume you want the people who buy your beef and pork to be safe. so don't we owe him a vote of thanks for saving this? >> no. i would say you're killing me out here. trying to get my stuff to market. this plethora of government regulations, you know, is killing our farm and our ability to come to market. john: you are just a greedy businessman and don't care if people died. let's go through some of the ways that assemblyman ortiz has saved the chance that band. >> that is old news. john: you wann a tax on junk food. >> the carbohydrate product that is in the market. we are giving the consumer is the
conclude an active fault runs underneath it. government guidelines ban the construction of key nuclear facilities on active faults. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. after friday's inspection, the shik zach shimazaki said they will look for answers. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back at the plant on saturday. then they will meet early next year to produce an assessment based on the results of their inspection. >>> nra experts are checking the ground beneath a number of power plants in this earthquake-prone country. their reports on some of them could keep the facilities off line for the future or forever. nra teams say they found one active fault under tsuruga nuclear compound. the fault runs along side reactors one and two. and another fracture intersects with it under reactor two. nra investigators also released their final assessment of the higashidori plant. any confirm two faults under the compound are most likely act
to shut down the plant if inspectors conclude an active fault runs underneath it. government guidelines ban the construction of key nuclear facilities on active faults. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. after friday's inspection, the shik zach shimazaki said they will look for answers. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back at the plant on saturday. then they will meet early next year to produce an assessment based on the results of their inspection. >>> nra experts are checking the ground beneath a number of power plants in this earthquake-prone country. their reports on some of them could keep the facilities off line for the future or forever. nra teams say they found one active fault under tsuruga nuclear compound. the fault runs along side reactors one and two. and another fracture intersects with it under reactor two. nra investigators also released their final assessment of the higashidori plant. any confirm two faults un
celebrations. the government had organized a concert to celebrate the new year. that concert is now canceled, and authorities are asking the population to pray for the president's recovery. the news has filled venezuelans with new uncertainty, and many are wondering whether hugo chavez will be back on january 10 for inauguration, but they say that even if the worst were to happen to the president, the revolution is here tuesday. >> the position is to control the media and everything else. we have a structure that we did not have before, so we are ready for whenever comes next. >> a future left uncertain, but what they do know is that the coming years will be filled with new challenges. aljazeera, caracas. >> some prisoners have been released as part of the peace process in afghanistan, and one of those was the justice minister for the taliban. in november, pakistan released 18 of the taliban members by request. they are trying to transform the afghan taliban into a political force. a director from the atlantic council says releasing them may not help the pakistan any people in the long run.
of climate change. >> oh dear. susan? >> federal government rate of the gibson guitar factory. they confiscated the merchandise because a small business took some wood -- that was the incorrect level of thickness. >> interesting. what a loss. >> the worst political theater? how the right turned benghazi tragedy into theater of the absurd. >> are you reading that now? >> i wanted to get it right and concise. >> listen to me now and watch this. understood reported story of 2012 the bright side of mexico. the bright side of mexico. but particularly its economy. you call mexico went down to a failed state on the program. now in the midst of a manufacturing rebound be exports up to 14%. up from 11%. creating jobs, boosting gdp and drawing mexican immigrants from the united states back home. okay. the most overreported story of 2012. pat? >> the election of 2012 primary and general election and the fiscal cliff. >> eleanor? >> political gaffes. i like to fire people. you didn't build that, corporations are people too my friend. and -- the -- what is it? the private sector is doing j
took over in june. in a speech on wednesday, the government urged members to focus on laws that will help the country move forward. >> this had been blocked by anti revolutionary forces. i urge you to work on that so we can regain the stolen money inside and out. >> they'll also be addressing the account on wednesday, but the opposition has maintained that they need guarantees, not just words. >> there has been another high- profile defections, the commander of the military police has left the president without his government. they say they turn to gangs of murderers. >> i announce my defection from the army and joined the people of the revolution for the following reasons. the deviation of the army from the primary duty of protecting the country and killing and destruction. it has committed massacres against our people that took to the streets to demand their freedom. >> the opposition is reporting shelling across the country. they claim at least 20 people have been killed, eight of them children. >> these are the bodies of civilians that activists say are the victims of g
its emissions is through switching from coal to gas, and that was government innovation 30 years ago developing some tracking technology that no one saw a few years ago, and -- that proponents would say that that switch is a good thing, it's reduced carbon emissions more than kyoto or anything else has been technology innovation and markets. >> there are two different things though. the gas -- yes, if gas were treated as the transition fuel allowing us to leave the coal in the ground and be working on the successor to gas so that that's all we burn, then we could actually meet the targets. but that's not what's happening its exactly -- they're actually going after every fuel they can find. it's fracking -- in addition to tar sands, in addition to drilling in the arctic, in addition to mountain top removal, and in addition to tar shale, that's why they say, united states is gonna be the saudi arabia of oil. how is that? we're gonna cook the rockey mountains and drip oil out the bottom. and that's gonna be -- that's almost -- it's 50% more energy to get that oil out. we -- and the frac
. at the highest levels of united states government, we are committed to helping the drc and its neighbors in this cycle of violence and instability so we do not find ourselves back -- so that we do not find ourselves in another three years with another crisis in the vrsc. the secretary clinton, ambassador riesch, undersecretary for political affairs and ambassador windy sherman high and -- and i have all met with an spoken with the rwandan and rwanda and officials in the past few weeks for a rapid and peaceful resolution to the crisis. i have travelled to the region just last month with my british and french counterparts to press the condoleezza, rwanda in, and ugandan governments to work together and start the crisis and address the causes of instability. and all three governments reiterated to us their shared goals -- their share gold -- shared goals. all three indicated to was that the most abusive commanders are now under targeted sanctions and we have placed those same individuals under u.s. sanctions. talks between the garcia government and the environment -- m 23 began on december
of slavery? well, last week the federal government as it does, you know, once or twice a year came out with its latest figures on birthrights. and in particular on one i'm going to point to is the illegitimacy rate or out-of-wedlock births. here they are. 72.3% of african-americans now are born out of wedlock. 72.3%. american indians, 66.2%. latinos, it's 53.3%. for whites it's still pretty high, but it's 29.1 percent. and for asians it's 17.2%. so in other words, seven out of ten, six out of ten, five out of ten for blacks, american end yangs and latinos. these are the so-called underrepresented minorities that get racial preferences. and then fewer than three out of ten and fewer than two out of ten for whites and aiz items -- asians, people who are typically discriminated against. it is no accident that these figures line up quite well with how well different groups are doing not only in terms of education, but in terms of crime and, you know, whatever social indicator you want. that is the real problem. and, of course, that is not going to be fixed by racial preferences and univers
, think about voting on an amendment that would cut some $300 billion in government spending, when republicans started asking members hominy folks would support that knowing that if they change this proposal, even adding spending cuts on, it basically on does the deal that the senate reached in pretty much were back at square one. the temperature of the house republicans, they decided it's not something that enough of them could support. they decided just to vote on the senate-passed bill which will happen in the 11:00 hour. when you look at what the republicans have done, there is a sense of growing momentum of support. this printer you want to find plenty wrong with this. democrats feel the same way. your starting this see signals that enough of these folks could maybe get around to supporting this that it might pass. not a definite, but this is what will happen between 11591145. that's why we'll watch it. diane: we've been here before, the whole idea of dealing with tax increases now and spending cuts later. the last time we took that route spending cuts never came. do we have a
government today. abe led his party to a landslide victory in the recent general election. a special diet session will be convened on wednesday afternoon to choose the successor to outgoing prime minister yoshihiko noda. abe will be elected prime minister by voting in the upper and lower houses. he will be the first japanese prime minister in 64 years to be given a second chance. abe was prime minister for one year until he resigned in september 2007. abe plans to immediately start forming his cabinet. he'll hold a news conference in the evening to lay out his government's visions. the new government is not short on challenges. one urgent task is restoring the country's economy. japan's debt is projected to reach $12.8 trillion by next march. the ratio to the country's gross domestic product is 226%, the worst among developed nations. abe has pledged to halve the fiscal deficit by march 2016. the new government intends to finance its spending without borrowing by fiscal 2020. they hope to achieve the goal by cutting expenses. this would involve squeezing social security costs. all eyes ar
minister has laid out how he plans to govern the country. he's back in the role he held five years ago. he said he and his cabinet will make every effort to tackle the challenges japanese face. >> translator: a strong economy is essential to japan's future. my cabinet will carry out bold financial policies, well-timed fiscal policies, and a strategy to encourage private investment towards economic growth. my cabinet will carry out these economic policies and achieve results. >> abe said he and his ministers will revamp japan's foreign policy. >> translator: we should rebuild our diplomacy to protect our national interests. we are facing many challenges in our relations with china, south can korea and even the united states on which japan's security is based. strengthening u.s./japan alliance is the first step towards rebuilding japan's diplomacy and security. >> abe promised his government would take the lead in rebuilding northeastern japan. he will achieve results as soon as possible to regain the trust of the japanese people. he said his cabinet is designed to overcome crisis. he was el
"newsline." shinzo abe is getting down to the business of governing japan for the second time. he says his new cabinet is taking all the challenges the country faces, including a sluggish economy and last year's disaster. abe explained in his news conference his cabinet is designed to overcome the crisis. he says reviving the economy is a top priority. >> translator: a strong economy is the basis of japan's power. reviving a strong economy is essential to japan's future. my cabinet will carry out bold financial policies, well-timed fiscal policies and a strategy to encourage private investment toward economic growth. my cabinet will carry out these economic policies and achieve results. >> are prime minister abe says he and his minister also devote energy to foreign policy. he says they will strengthen diplomatic and security policies. >> translator: we should rebuild our diplomacy to protect our national interests. we are facing many challenges in our relations with china, south korea and even with the united states on which japan's security is based. strengthening japan/ize lie yans is t
boundary to implement. the order required the government to obtain a warrant and show probable cause. these are the same basic commonsense protections we've had in place for other types of searches. this development required individualized and particular orders from the fisa court to conduct investigations. let's fast forward to 2001. president bush decided in secret to authorize the national security agency to start a new program of warrantless surveillance inside the united states. this is in complete contravention of the fourth amendment and complete contravention of the law at that time. as i'm sure and many of my colleagues will certainly recall this was revealed to the american public four years later when it was reported in "the new york times" in 2005. and in response after years of back and forth contentious debate, congress passed the fisa amendments act, the bill that we are considering on this floor today. we're considering a reauthorization. this law gave the government new surveillance authorities, but it also included a sunset provision to ensure that congress ex
talk about entitlement spending cuts. are the democrats willing to accept that the government will spend less money? if this is the case, then they might find common ground. one important issue, of course, is going to be the members of the tea party. they are saying compromise is a bad word. of course, it will be difficult for them to find a compromise, to bring them into the boat. >> we had the meeting today. we have the special session on sunday. do you expect a compromise, or are we going over the cliff? >> this is really difficult to predict, but i will look today when they come out of the meeting weather they are willing to say, "well, we are looking forward to the next meeting." will they continue to talk? will they make jokes maybe? i think this might be an optimistic sign. if they come out and just say, "well, we are looking for a solution and the other side just do not want to compromise," then the blame game will start, and we probably will go over the fiscal cliff. >> thanks so much. >> the deadlock in washington has been weighing on investor sentiment today. in eur
. government officials decided earlier this month to recall the peacekeepers earlier than planned. securing their safety had become difficult because of the civil war in syria. defense ministry officials say the remaining 14 members will wrap up their mission by mid-january. >>> japan first sent sdf personnel to the golan heights in 1996 as part of a united nations mission to monitor the cease-fire between syria and israel. members have been transporting supplies and providing logistic support. >>> a truck rammed into a bus in pakistan on sunday. police suspect it was an act of sec say sectarian violence. the bus burst into flames, killing at least 19 people. 25 people were hurt and are being treated in the hospital. police say the truck was loaded with explosives. witnesses say its driver appeared to have targeted the bus. shiite muslims were headed to a pilgrimage. new york human base watch says attacks on minority shias are on the rise in pakistan. more than 300 shias have been killed in 2012. >>> venezuelan president chavez has suffered more complications from cancer surgery. the countr
to work with congress to address government overspending, the underlying problem. take of this -- >> republican leaders in the house were at odds with each other for most of the day, but they tried to show unity for the cameras. >> the house speaker and majority leader went into a meeting so close that the shoulders were touching. within minutes of the vote in the house, president obama was at the white house making it clear he is not prepared to have any more fights with congress about money already spent. >> while i will negotiate over many things, i will not have another debate with congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they have already racked up through the laws that the past. >> he is referring to the hard bargaining set to begin within weeks when congress must look at raising the debt ceiling or risk the country defaulting on its loans. >> hearing now from the economist micki price, a former adviser to the british government. -- vicky price. >> what would happen in the next couple of months is there will be a lot of discussions and bargaining goi
dollars in automatic government spending cuts. according to the congressional budget office it will start with $200 billion in military and social welfare cuts next year. the big concern over falling off the fiscal cliff is it will send the u.s. back into a recession with, of course, global repercussions. it could be weeks before anyone feels the effects. and analysts say even without an agreement, politicians can reach other deals to soften the impact. >> u.s. president barack obama making a rare appearance on one of u.s. tv's agenda-setting sunday shows. he appealed to politicians of both parties not to let the u.s. go off the so-called fiscal cliff. the budget crisis, some kay -- say could tip the u.s. into recession dragging the rest of the world with it. >> over the next 48 hours, regardless of partisan differences our top priority has to be that taxes on middle class families do not go up. that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. democrats and republicans both say they don't want taxes to go up on middle class families. that's something we all agree on. if we can get
and from the private sector come to government thinking that a lot of our ideas and methods of success in the private sector are directly applicable to how we do work in government, and it's a different problem to solve frankly. it's something i have to relearn frequently that the large company i came from was a large monolithic corporation and 1ceo and pyramid up and trickled and everyone did what they did. government as you know we're are a highly decentralized independently elected, independently operated with our boards and commissions. as much as i would like to say i had the authority or will or desire to cast my will on the organization and have things happen it's not as simple as that, so a lot of my jobs and our jobs come down to partnership and discussion and consensus building and meetings and more meetings and unfortunately that takes more time than a linear top down structure so when i talk at conferences -- i was at dream force not long ago and having lunch with people "i don't understand government and how this works". i spent time educating people how government is t
by that? >> because there wasn't just the war unfold on the ground in afghanistan. all our government decide to search more forces to of top a new strategy to try to stabilize the country. i discovered that all of this, the key organs of our american bureaucracy actually wound up fighting with one another. we had was within the pentagon. you would think that if you're sending more troops to afghanistan, those troops would go to places that were most critical, the places that the taliban were seeking to take over, the places that were most at risk, potentially a takeover of the country. instead, we wound up sending the first wave of new forces took part of the country with relatively few people. and i discovered the answer was simply tribal rivalries. not in afghanistan but in the pentagon. it turned out that the first wave of troops were u.s. marines. they wanted to bring their own helicopters, the own logistics. so they did was to work with u.s. army soldiers in the areas in and around the city of kandahar. it was this tale of our own services fighting with each other instead of figh
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